What is a catered ski chalet?
As with a decent bottle of wine, a good book or an Uber fare, ski holidays are better as a shared experience. What better way to start your next trip to the mountains than with a home on the slopes for you and your friends (or family)? This is where catered ski chalets come into their element.
Ski chalets are essentially large private apartments, villas and cabins in the mountains that you can grab for you and your group or book a few rooms and share the space with others.
1. Freedom of your own space
Catered ski chalets are meant to be sociable, book the entire place to yourself and you’ll essentially have a home away from home with staff to clean the place, cook meals for you and wash the dishes afterwards. It’s an instant house party for your group with your own space to relax in, chill out, play games, dance and be merry.
Having your own lounge areas means you can have movie nights, play cards around the table or just sit by the fire and read a book in your PJs with a glass of wine. It’s yours to enjoy however you fancy.
2. Catered chalet service & insider information
Powder White staff run all of our ski chalets across four resorts; St Anton, Meribel, Courchevel and Val d’Isere. Our staff are a sociable lot full of insider knowledge on their resort and will be more than happy to give you tips on the best conditions, pistes, places for lunch, entertainment options and buzzing bars. You get that personal service often lacking in hotels and definitely not apparent in self-catered apartments.
The chalet is cleaned on a daily basis, so it’s hotel service but on a much more personal level. Any issues just let your chalet team know and they can try to figure something out for you.
3. Lift passes & ski hire to the chalet
If you book lift passes through us then they will be waiting for you in the chalets ready for your first day on the slopes. We sell lift passes at the same price as if you went direct, it’s just an added convenience for you so you don’t have to queue up at the lift pass office on your first morning.
We organise ski and boot fitting at our chalets in Meribel, Courchevel and Val d’Isere or if you’d prefer to head to the nearest shop to get fitted out we can organise that as well. St Anton is shop fitting only at the moment. The chalet staff can take you to/point you in the direction of the nearest hire shop when you get there.
See our ski extras here.
4. Homecooked chalet food
We’ve teamed up with the Tante Marie Cookery Academy to design a menu packed full of great home-cooked food. Think hearty, soulful food, nothing too fancy, it’s all about freshly made dishes using great local produce.
Pancakes or bacon and eggs for breakfast. Camembert in puff pastry with caramelised onions, roast lamb with red wine gravy and honey glazed carrots for dinner. Pesto chicken bake with spinach, sweet potato and lentil dahl, heaps of garlic bread with your lasagne and pear & raspberry crumble with lashings of custard. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
See the example menu here.
At each of our catered ski chalets, you’ll get welcome fizz on arrival to start your holiday on the right foot. Every breakfast comes with hot options (bar the chalet staff day off where you’ll still get a continental breakfast) there’s afternoon tea with cakes, pre-dinner canapes and a three-course evening meal followed by cheese and biscuits (on your first and last nights). There’s even post-dinner coffee with chocolates or mints if you fancy it.
Best of all we take care of the dishes so you won’t have to lift a finger. We’ve also designed special kids menus for any little ones and any dietary requirements can be catered for if you let us know in advance (before you arrive).
5. Indulgent perks
I touched on it above but shaking off the headache with a full English breakfast in the mornings and freshly brewed coffee is the dream. No rushing round to buy a €5 croissant from your apartment shop, catered chalets give you the good stuff.
And when was the last time you came home to freshly baked cakes in the afternoon? Scones with jam and whipped cream, iced carrot cake, crumbly chocolate brownies, sumptuous chocolate orange cakes and the drizzliest of lemon drizzles washed down with a cup of tea. It’s the little things like this that make all the difference to your ski holiday.
6. Majestic Wine
Your wine is included and kept free-flowing during your evening meal, hence catered ski chalets are even more cost-effective compared with hotels and apartments. Prices can soon add up if your eating and drinking in a ski resort each day. It’s definitely a bonus having your food and wine taken care of, your spending money can go a lot further.
We’ve actually teamed up with Majestic Wine to bring wines taste-tested at altitude to your dinner table. Each of our chalet wines is available from Majestic so delicious wines only. You can also upgrade your chalet wine from their collections, we’ve put together a menu to choose from if you fancy something special. Pre-order your chosen wines and they’ll be waiting at the chalet for your arrival.
7. In-house drivers
If you’re staying in one of the few catered ski chalets that aren’t next to the piste then we have on-call drivers to take you to and from the slopes each day. Just talk to your chalet hosts in the evenings to decide when you want to leave the chalet in the morning to get to the slopes and when to get picked up the next day. The drivers work from 8-10am and 4-6pm shuttling between the chalet and the slopes. The vans have 8 seats so for larger groups we can set up multiple runs to the slopes.
8. You can still eat out
Catered ski chalets give you the peace of mind that all your food is taken care of bar lunch on the mountains. You can switch off from your normal routine and enjoy your holiday. Plus there’s always one night a week where you get to eat out in town (even the chalet staff need a break at some point) this means you can get out into the resort and enjoy some local specialities or maybe just a whopping great pizza.
The chalet staff will make recommendations on the best places in town, should you want advice, and we always recommend booking if you’re a large group.
9. Great views
Our chalets are in great locations with great views. You’ll always be able to see the mountains from your chalet. That’s part of why you made the effort to come here after all.
10. Unbeatable value
Chalet holidays never seem like the cheapest option when you’re browsing through ski holiday prices. They are hardly ever the cheapest on the surface. But delve into it you realise just what you get included.
From the service to your own space, hot breakfasts, freshly baked cakes, evening dinners and puddings all served with extremely drinkable wine. A daily cleaning service, lift passes delivered to you in person, in-chalet ski and boot fitting and insider knowledge on the whole resort.
In the likes of St Anton, Meribel, Courchevel and Val d’Isere when eating out, the main course and a glass of wine is going to be £25 ahead if you’re lucky, a starter adds at least a tenner and a pudding adds another tenner on top, then if you had to grab breakfast that’s another tenner, afternoon snack for a couple of quid, a few more drinks and you’re on £80 a day before you’ve thought about where your staying. All of a sudden £100 per person per night (our average nightly chalet cost) to stay in a catered chalet seems an absolute steal.
The fact that you know you’re spending money is just for perks means you won’t have to remortgage the house when you get home. Unless you start buying magnums of champagne at the Krazy Kangaruh that is!
- Your own sociable space – not just your hotel room
- Great service
- Insider tips
- Homecooked food cooked by our staff
- Fresh cakes daily (and hot breakfasts)
- Daily chalet cleaning
- We do the dishes – no scrubbing away whilst on holiday
- Lift pass delivery – no queueing up – find out more
- Easy ski hire service – find out more
- Majestic wine as the chalet house wine included with your meals
- Complimentary shuttle service to the slopes for chalets to far to walk
- A night eating out once a week to try some local specialities
- Some chalets have facilities such as hot tubs or saunas to enjoy
- Fantastic value all things considered
- If you’re a small group then you may have to share a chalet with others. This can be a great experience as everyone has at least a love of skiing in common. But be prepared to be social
- Not a wide resort choice. But we do have chalets in four of the most popular and extensive ski resorts in the world – not too shabby. But, if it’s choice you’re after we also have well over 100 different resorts on our program – find out more
- If you love dining out in resort each evening then catered ski chalets probably aren’t for you
If you fancy a catered ski chalet for your next trip to the mountains take a look at our chalets in St Anton, Meribel, Courchevel and Val d’Isere or give our ski experts a call on 020 8877 8888 and they’ll help you find the right ski chalet for your group.